John Peter Bigos ’77 died on December 9, 2006, in Lyme, Connecticut.
Born on November 20, 1955, in Springfield, MA, he prepared for college at Suffield Academy in Connecticut and attended Boston College from 1973 to 1975 before transferring to Bowdoin. Following his graduation magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1977, he entered the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, from which he received his M.D. degree in 1982. He also received a master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health. After completing his internship and residency at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine atYale University School of Medicine, he opened a pulmonary practice in New London, CT, and was affiliated with Lawrence Memorial Hospital. In 1991, he became the physician specialist for the Connecticut State Department of Public Health with a focus on state pulmonary preparedness for pandemic flu and was a member of the University of Connecticut Medical School Board of Directors. In 1988, he received the first National Leadership Award from the American Medical Association, and , in 1992, he represented the Physicians of Natural Medicine as one of the eight members on the National Forum for Health Care Reform. Surviving are his daughter, Patricia L. Bigos; a brother, Dr. S.Thomas Bigos of Cape Elizabeth; and two sisters, Mary G. Cokkinias of Longmeadow, MA, and Kathleen DeMartino of Wilbraham, MA.